|Since February 1996 Nik Gowing
has been a main programme anchor for the BBC's 24-hour international
TV news and information channel BBC World News, produced by BBC News.
The channel's distribution is 278 million in 200 countries with a
weekly audience of 78 million.
From September 2006 he has presented the premium news analysis
programme 'World News Today with Nik Gowing' for the fast-growing
European peak audience. From July 2007 the focus of his programme
shifted to the fast-growing South Asia audience at 1600GMT. He is
also a regular moderator of the Sunday news analysis programme 'Dateline
London', BBC World Debates and the annual Nobel Minds discussion
between Nobel laureates. He has been a guest presenter of 'Europe
Direct', 'HardTalk' and 'Simpson's World'.
Nik Gowing's role draws both on his extensive reporting experience
over two decades in diplomacy, defence and international security
and his presentation / chairing skills. He has been a principal
programme anchor for much of BBC World's extended, continuous 24-hour/7-day
week coverage of major international crises like Kosovo in 1999.
In the 2003 Iraq war he anchored BBC News coverage across four BBC
TV channels from near Central Command in Qatar. He was on air for
the unfolding Tsunami catastrophe on Boxing day 2004, and for six
hours shortly after the twin towers were hit in New York City on
11 September 2001. The 9-11 coverage won the 2002 'Hotbird' award.
He fronted coverage of the unfolding drama of Princess Diana's accident
in Paris in August 1997 and made the announcement of her death to
a global audience estimated at half a billion. He also anchors special
location coverage of major international events like elections,
and chairs BBC World Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos
and the annual Nobel Awards in Stockholm.
Nik is a distinguished conference chair/moderator and speaker. He
is also a lecturer and published analyst on crisis management and
the handling of real-time information in times of major emergencies.
His most recent book, "Skyful of Lies" has been widely
acclaimed and looks at how, in times of crisis, there is now a relentless
and unforgiving trend towards an ever greater information transparency
brought about by the Internet, and that goes way beyond the assumed
power and influence of the traditional media.
He has an international portfolio of commitments that draw on his
extensive experience over almost three decades in diplomacy, defence
and international security. He was head-hunted by the BBC from ITN,
where he was award-winning Diplomatic Editor for Channel 4 News
in London and for 18 years covered most of the world's major news
He is currently updating the analysis as a Visiting Fellow at the
Reuter Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Politics and
International Relations Department at Oxford University.
From 1998 to 2004 he served two terms on the council of the Royal
Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, including membership
of the Executive Committee from 2000-2002. From 1996-2005 he served
as an independent governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy,
much of it as the non-party vice chair. He is a member of the executive
council of the Royal United Services Institute, the council of the
Overseas Development Institute, the board of the British Association
for Central and Eastern Europe, the Advisory Council at the Wilton
Park conference centre, and the Advisory Board for the University
of Birmingham's Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy.
He is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a member of the
steering committee of the British-German Konigswinter committee
and the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of
Transition at Harvard University.
"An excellent, thought-provoking and challenging presentation.
It really was quite special. Many people went away from his talk
seriously wondering if we are as well-prepared as we need to be.
Let's hope we never have to find out." Comment on his
'Skyful of Lies' presentation to Emirates senior executives. May
"In retrospect Business Day was great fun - although I
must admit I had gone through grave doubts of pulling it off - but
you did inspire us to greater confidence in what was quite a challenging
"as usual the programme becomes more spirited when you
"The response to the Business Day, both from those that
attended from the COP negotiations and from our own members and
CEOs, has been overwhelmingly positive. In no small part was this
due to your moderation and leadership of the plenary sessions and
your guidance and support to us beforehand. Both (Barbara and I)
thoroughly enjoyed the experience working with you and learnt much
to take with us into the planning for our future events.
"Many thanks for your guidance and skilled execution of
the day. Without you - it would have been a lesser event"
Praise for Nik following his chairing of the World Business Council
for Sustainable Development business day in Copenhagan - December
"with your professionalism, our discussions on critical
challenges facing the energy sector were channelled in such a way
as to share a maximum amount of information in an interesting and
dynamic way...thanks so much for helping to make this year's IEA
Ministerial such a success."
Nik Chaired the International Energy Agency Minsterial Meeting
in October 2009
"I would like to reiterate the IMF's appreciation for your
absolutely critical contribution to what we feel was a very successful
conference. I know that President Kikwete and the Tanzanians feel
the same way...In terms of the conference, your session, in my view,
was the turning point. You injected edge and energy into the proceedings...Your
session was the fault line event."
The International Monetary Fund on Nik Gowing - March 2009
"For me, your contributions leading panels and interviewing
Dr Kissinger were highlights of a really interesting day. I was
particularly pleased with the outcome of the Kissinger interview
which I know from feedback received left many awe-struck
you once again, it was a pleasure working with you."
Barclays Capital - Asia - November 2008